The Spring Hill College men's basketball team used a scorching offensive performance in the 2nd half to take a 100-88 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) victory over Belhaven University on Saturday evening at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
Spring Hill shot a stunning 83.9% (26-31) overall and 87.5% (7-8) from 3-point distance in the second period to turn a 38-37 halftime deficit into as much as a 15-point cushion at 87-74 with 4:42 left on the game clock.
Senior forward Alex Looney scored three consecutive baskets for Spring Hill to open the 2nd half and from there the Badgers never looked back, controlling both the paint and the 3-point arc on both sides of the court.
Senior guard Robert Gipson scored his career- and Badger season- highs of 30 points while Looney finished the night with a 19-point performance. Junior forward Frederick Gatson scored just eight points but dished out five assists and hauled down eight rebounds for Spring Hill. Sophomore point guard Jarrett Calhoun also dropped in 15 points.
For the game, SHC shot 64.3% (36-56) from the floor including 61.1% (11-18) from 3-point land. The Badgers won the rebounding war in a 38 to 30 decision, but more importantly, they committed a season-low nine turnovers to seven steals by the Blazers. All 10 of the Badgers to see action in the game recorded at least one rebound.
Jordan Bedford of Belhaven (7-9, 5-3 SSAC) led all scorers with 32 points as four Blazers reached double digits in scoring. The Badgers held Belhaven to 39.3% (24-61) from the floor and 33.3% (10-30) in 3-point attempts. The Blazers lost just five turnovers as the Badgers took away three steals.
The Badgers (3-14, 2-5 SSAC West) will travel to Clinton Gymnasium in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Thursday to face the 9th-ranked William Carey University Crusaders (11-2, 6-0 SSAC West) in an SSAC West Division contest beginning at 7:30 p.m.